In a nut shell, "The Nut Job" is a movie that was constantly full of giggles and plot twists, especially towards the end.
This movie follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy (voiced by Robert Tinkler) who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.
No, this movie is not on the same playing field as Pixar animated movies such as "Cars," "Brave" and the like, but that's irrelevant for an animated movie to still be considered good.
The movie finds its strengths in the detailed heist that takes up the majority of the movie. This sort of storyline might seem unoriginal, but considering the context of animation, new ideas and a fresh take on the genre, this film shouldn't be discounted.
One especially interesting aspect of "The Nut Job" is how the animals' heist is juxtaposed with a human heist; as the story progresses, the heists become increasingly intertwined.
The movie finds some humor in the personalities of the characters themselves. Grayson, voiced by Brendan Fraser, spends most of the movie stuck in his own goofy reality.
Liam Neeson plays the villainous Raccoon, which is funny in itself.
Some weaknesses of the movie include the beginning, which was slow and mundane for the first five minutes. Another weakness was in one of the supporting characters, Andie, as voiced by Katherine Heigl, who nagged throughout the entire movie. While not quite on a Jar Jar Binks level of annoyance, I felt it detracted from the film.
But even if the movie doesn't fit what certain people want, it will definitely impress in regards to its animation, which is original and visually striking.
This film was moving at times. The moral of the movie is to look beyond yourself and not just focus on your wants; people around you need you. But it wasn't done in a cheesy way. Rather, it was executed in such a way that genuinely hit home to your emotions.
This moral isn't just intended for the kids watching the movie, but also for the adults.
The movie itself is set perfectly at 85 minutes, so if you don't end up liking it at first, stick to it and you'll probably learn something worthwhile.